As romantic as it is historic
With its seaboard villages, Easter Ross is full of history and romance – an area blessed with a fabulous pictish past, unsurpassed views from the Fyrish monument and seals basking along the shoreline. Learn how whisky is made– Easter Ross is home to three malt whisky distilleries!
Easter Ross sits on the east coast of the North Coast 500 and offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll. Explore the fishing villages along the east coast + find out what else you can get up to in Easter Ross.
For more information,check out www.exploreeasterross.co.uk
Photos: Andrew Dowsett Photography: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Rockfield, Portmoahmack, Invergordon
Discover the attractions in Easter Ross worth that extra mile
Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile for the whole Highland experience!
Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the towns, villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.
Handy Information about your adventure
- Easter Ross is situated along the east coast on the A9
- Train lines flow through most of the towns via Inverness
- The Pictish Trail flows through Easter Ross and brings together all of the carvings and marks left by the lost people.
NC500 Members in Easter Ross
Official NC500 Members
Black Rock Caravan ParkBlack Rock Caravan Park, Balconie Street, Evanton, IV16 9UN +44 (0)1349 830 917
A whole new experience! We are situated near the start and end of your NC500 travels. Located in the scenic Glen Glass and named after the close by Black Rock Gorge, a 120 foot deep chasm carved out by the River Glass. Our park is situated in the village of Evanton, about 1 mile from the […]
Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor CentreGlenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre, Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, IV19 1PZ +44 (0)1862 892 477
Amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, and on the banks of the Dornoch firth, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is created in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been since 1843. […]
Tarbat Discovery CentreTarbat Discovery Centre, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, IV20 1YA +44 (0)1862 891 351
Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage museum, learning and activity centre situated on the Tarbat Peninsula, and set within the attractive fishing village of Portmahomack. The site was excavated in the 90s by the University of York and is of national significance being one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain dating from the […]
The Old Manse Bed & BreakfastThe Old Manse Bed and Breakfast, Kildary, Invergordon, IV18 0NZ +44 (0)1862 842 357
The Old Manse circa 1780s is set in large woodland gardens, just off the A9. We offer three spacious bedrooms, two doubles and a twin (en-suite). There is ample secure parking with lockable storage for bikes/motorbikes. Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh, is five miles away with Dornoch Blue Flag beach fifteen miles north. The Old […]
Crazy Horse Coffee Shop & DinerCrazy Horse Coffee Shop & Diner, 74 High Street, Invergordon, IV18 0DL +44 (0)1349 852 030
Chefs specials. Breakfast & Brunch menus. Quality ground coffee & specialist teas. Home baked cakes & country style soups. Locally reared haggis, neeps & tatties. Local Banter! Invergordon is located just 25 miles north of Inverness on the Cromarty Firth North-shore. Explore the Invergordon Murals and Naval Museum. Maybe see one of the huge cruise […]
Toulvaddie DistilleryToulvaddie Distillery, Fearn Aerodrome, Fearn, IV20 1XW +44(0)1862 808 138
First Scotch Whisky Distillery to be founded soley by a woman. Producing Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
George Cockburn & SonGeorge Cockburn & Son, 19 Mill Street, Dingwall, IV15 9PZ +44 (0)1349 862 315
We are a long established family butchers shop. We sell locally reared beef,lamb and pork as well as seasonal game when available. All our products from sausages and burgers to our renowned steak pies are produced in our shop. It was in 1976 that we received national recognition for winning the title of Scotland’s first […]
Sports and Model ShopSports and Model Shop, 66 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RY +44 (0)1349 862 346
Daily and weekly fishing permits available for the River Conon. Fishing tackle and bait available. We are also one of only 5 model shops in Scotland- well worth a visit. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off RRP Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Liquid FootprintsIV15 9LY +44 (0)7768 095 228
We are a wee family-run business offering a range of outdoor experiences such as canoeing, sea kayaking, gorge scrambling and mountain guiding. Discover the amazing landscape, food and history of the Scottish Highlands via these unique activities. All of our sessions are tailor-made to you and your group’s requirements. We also have a range of […]
Glenmorangie HouseGlenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Fearn, Tain, IV20 1XP +44 (0)1862 871 671
Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth and nestled amongst the ruins of an old castle, Glenmorangie’s Highland home is both luxurious and intimate. With everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel, but with the warmth and personality of a country house party, this really is a special place to come and experience […]
Highland SupercarsKilvannie Manor, Fodderty, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AD +44 (0)1463 210 213
Tour the North Coast 500 in style with Highland Supercars. Choose from our superb range of luxury iconic British cars and make your Highland adventure truly memorable. We are not a super car club, we specialise in bespoke vehicle hire for the world famous North Coast 500. From single day hire to our bespoke 3 […]
The Courtyard Cafe & CakeryThe Courtyard Café and Cakery, Harper's House, Harper's Court, Dingwall, IV15 9HT +44 (0)1349 866 062
Welcome to The Courtyard Cafe & Cakery. Our aim is to provide you with delicious uncomplicated food made from high quality, fresh ingredients. Our menu consists of soups, sandwiches, paninis and “light lunches”. We also have a mouth watering array of cakes, biscuits, loaves and traybakes all baked “with love” daily on our premises here […]
Picaresque Books & Galerie FantooshPicaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh, 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL +44 (0)1349 863 140
Book Shop & Gallery well worth a visit. Paintings and prints, new and old books with an emphasis on the Highlands. Local crafts, ceramics, other collectibles including maps and jewellery
North Coast ClassicsUnit 2, 6 Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB +44 (0)7889 671 812
North Coast Classics offer self-drive classic car hire in the Highlands of Scotland. Our hire fleet currently comprises a 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, a 1978 MGB Roadster, and a 1973 Volvo 1800ES sports estate, all excellent and reliable cars for a NC500 road trip. Check our website for more details of our cars, availability and […]
Dornoch Firth Caravan ParkDornoch Firth Caravan Park, Meikle Ferry South, Tain, IV19 1JX +44 (0)1862 892 292
Dornoch Firth Caravan Park is a peaceful, family-owned holiday park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Set amongst picturesque rural and coastal scenery, the park enjoys expansive views of the beautiful Dornoch Firth. It is easily accessible, just off the A9 and only 45 minutes north of Inverness. The park makes an ideal base […]
Nigg Old ChurchNigg Old Church, Castlecraig House, Nigg, Tain, IV19 1QS +44 (0)1862 851 222
Nigg Old Church is a fine example of a Scottish parish church containing a magnificient Pictish monument dating from the eighth century. This church is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, 1st April to 31st October.
The Drover’s Rest CafeThe Drover's Rest Cafe, Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited, Humberston, Bailechaul Road, Dingwall, IV15 9TP +44(0)1349 864 842
Located within a working livestock auction mart The Drovers Rest cafe is a self-service cafe offering homemade and locally sourced hot dishes, snacks, breakfast, home baking and drinks to eat in or take away. Ideally situated at either the start or end of the route with ample free parking. There is also the Drover exhibition […]
Seaboard Memorial HallSeaboard Memorial Hall, East Street, Balintore, Tain, IV20 1UA +44 (0)1862 832 888
The Seaboard Centre caters for all travellers and tourists to the Highlands. We are perfectly positioned in the picturesque Seaboard Villages with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. As a central part of the Pictish trail, we are home to the original base of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone and the famous Mermaid of […]
Burnside Cottage, Blarich EstateBurnside Cottage Blarich Estate Rogart Sutherland IV28 3UB +44 (0)1349 880 120
Lovely clean, two storey, large private cottage on the picturesque 400 acre Blarich Estate in the Highlands. Sleeps up to 7 people. The cottage has all modern utilities. It’s just 10 minutes drive off the main A9 and coast road, 54 miles north of Inverness city centre. Just a few minutes’ drive away there is […]
Wemyss HouseWemyss House, Bayfield, By Tain, IV19 1QW +44 (0)1862 851 212
Award winning bed and breakfast, Wemyss House is in a rural location overlooking the Cromarty Firth to the mountains beyond. A Michelin listed ‘Top Pick’ B&B in Scotland, Wemyss House has two king doubles and a super king / twin all en-suite with everything provided for your comfort. Enjoy afternoon tea/coffee and home made cake […]
The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm ShopThe Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Evanton, IV16 9UX +44 (0)1349 830 038
Situated near the start – or end of the North Coast 500! The Storehouse restaurant, farm shop and gift shop is located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, enclosed in a fully-restored 18th century storehouse. Restaurant Our self-service restaurant is popular among locals and visitors! Renowned throughout the area for our delicious food – from […]
Highland Museum of ChildhoodHighland Museum of Childhood, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DH +44 (0)1997 421 031
The museum is located in Strathpeffer’s charming old Victorian station where trains brought visitors to the village in it’s heyday as a spa. Telling the story of childhood across the Highlands of Scotland, the displays reflect the stories of children, crofters and townsfolk and explore the customs and traditions. Themes include Birth and Baptism, Health […]
Pitcalzean HousePitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, IV19 1QT +44 (0)7824 536 446
Close to Tain Pitcalzean House is a Georgian Country House offering exclusive use self catering accommodation. Suitable for a large group of friends / family or, NC500 tour groups, or perhaps a Business get together. The main house on its own can accommodate up to 22 persons comfortably, with the additional beds in the dormitory […]
Alness Golf ClubAlness Golf Club, Ardross Road, Alness, IV17 0QA +44 (0)1349 883 877
Alness Golf Club in Alness offers an extremely varied programme no matter what time of year it is.
Sands beach is approximately 4 miles from Applecross, and definitely the best beach in the area. It was the home of TV presenter Monty Halls during his popular TV series in 2009 with a large sandy beach, sand dune, and shallow sandy bay it will definitely give the kids a good run around. On your […]
Coul House HotelCoul House Hotel, Contin, By Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES +44 (0)1997 421 487
Coul House is a beautiful country house secluded in the hills above Contin, Ross-shire. Centrally located in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, it is the perfect place to base oneself to rediscover all the romance and beauty of the area. Coul House has 23 en-suite bedrooms. NC500 Member Discount Available: Guaranteed Lowest B&B rate when […]
The Shandwick StoneThe Shandwick Stone, Shandwick Trust, Tain, IV20 1UT +44(0)1862 893 798
The Shandwick Stone (Clach a’Charridh) has stood majestically overlooking the Moray Firth for over 1000 years. One of three beautifully carved Pictish/early Christian cross slabs still in Easter Ross.
Kincraig Castle HotelKincraig Castle Hotel, Near Tomich, By Invergordon, Ross-shire, IV18 0LF +44 (0)1349 852 587
As you journey along the tree-lined drive, between open fields, Kincraig Castle creates a striking first impression. This luxurious 4 star country house hotel overlooking the ‘Black Isle’ is country classic without the stuffiness. It’s an idyllic place for a romantic retreat and a favourite with families seeking a relaxing break with a dash of […]
NORTHCOASTGLASSNORTHCOASTGLASS, 2 Chapel Street, Tain, IV19 1EL +44 (0)1862 893 189
The NORTHCOASTGLASS studio and gallery is a rare and unique find. This highly acclaimed glass studio is located in the ancient burgh of Tain, a picturesque town on the NC500 route on the East coast of Scotland. Established in 2015 by internationally renowned artists Brodie Nairn & Nichola Burns, this vibrant studio creates glass works […]
The Selkie Lady – Diana Bertoldi3, Swordale Steading South Evanton,, Dingwall, IV16 9XA +44 (0)7814 519 934
Our guide and driver services, to make your staying Scotland truly magical and unforgettable. From Outlander to history, from Castles to Whisky, live the Land like no other. Find your favourite tour among the ones on my website or contact me to design your bespoke dream tour. Families with children and specially gifted guests are […]
Mid Dalnaclach Self Catering AccommodationMid Dalnaclach Self Catering Accommodation, Mid Dalnaclach, Lamington, Invergordon, IV18 0PE +44 (0)7734 816 995
Self catering accommodation sleeping 12 in a quite rural location near Tain, Ross-Shire. Please visit here for bookings.
Contin Village StoresContin Village Stores, Contin, Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES +44 (0)1997 421 552
Hot & cold food & drinks, confectionery, snacks, groceries, tobacco products, news & mags, Calor gas, National Lottery, toiletries & pharmaceuticals, maps…..& the best sandwiches for miles around!
Seaboard BreaksSeaboard Breaks, Broomtown Farm, Balintore, IV20 1XN +44 (0)1862 842 552
This recently constructed Scandinavian pine log cabin is situated 10 minutes walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick, Balintore and Hilton in Easter Ross. The cabin is positioned in trees adjacent to a working farm and offers stunning views West to Ben Wyvis and North to the hills and mountains […]
Tain & District MuseumTain & District Museum, Tower Street, Tain, IV19 1DY +44 (0)1862 894 089
Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Center opens the door to the history of Tain, an ancient royal burgh in the north of the Highlands of Scotland. It is set in a complex of three buildings; a medieval collegiate church, a museum, and a visitor centre in an old schoolhouse, all within an atmospheric […]
GlenWyvis DistilleryGlenWyvis Distillery, GlenWyvis Basecamp, 4 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL +44 (0)1349 862 005
GlenWyvis Distillery is the world’s first 100% community-owned distillery – raising over £2.5m in just 77 days! While we finish building it, we’ve set up GlenWyvis Basecamp in Dingwall. It’s your starting point to discover more about GlenWyvis Gin, our plans for GlenWyvis Whisky, and our local heritage tours. By investing in GlenWyvis, our 2,600 […]
TroutQuestTroutQuest, Dalgheal House, Dingwall, IV16 9XH +44 (0)1349 830 606
TroutQuest offers fly fishing experiences for salmon and wild brown trout on numerous rivers and lochs in Ross-shire, and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands and along the North Coast 500 route. We offer GAIC-qualified fly fishing instruction for trout and salmon, fishing experiences for beginners or experienced anglers, and specialise in custom ‘Learn to […]
Novar Fishing PartnershipNovar Fishings, Novar Estate Office, Dingwall, IV16 9XL +44 (0)1349 830 606
Salmon & trout fishing on the Novar beats of the River Alness. Day permits available. Optional instruction & guiding services. Advanced booking is essential.
RSPB Scotland Nigg Bay Nature ReserveRSPB Nigg Bay, Tain IV19, UK +44 (0)1463 715 000
Nigg Bay reserve is a vast area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland that lies along the NC500 route. It is located within the Cromarty Firth Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection area. Take a seat in the well placed hide and listen to the ‘bubbling’ call of the curlew, gaze at graceful […]
Holly Lodge B&B and Self CateringHolly Lodge B&B and Self Catering, Golf Course Road, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AR +44(0)1997 423 313
One bedroom Self Catering cottage situated in the grounds of Holly Lodge in Strathpeffer. An excellent base for touring the west or east coast.
The Real Sweets & Gift CompanyThe Real Sweets & Gift Company, The Pump Room, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DY +44 (0)7801 759 217
The Real Sweets & Gift Company are situated in the historic Strathpeffer Spa Pump Room. An independent business providing a Giftshop & Gallery with an eclectic mix of unique & unusual gifts. Particularly promoting work by Highland based professional Artists & Crafters in the gallery, with a selection of other quality gifts too. In the […]